Also, the red equality symbol people are posting everywhere as their profile pictures and such is a symbol for the Human Rights Campaign which has historically completely disregarded trans* people and trans* rights, among other shitty things.
Yeah, your ~liberal~ equality symbol might be doing good for some, but it has also harmed many others.
My letter is a follow-up/riff off this letter. If you’re only going to read one, please read that one.
I’d just like to add something to what Riley said, Mr. Gaiman. Like them, I have reason to be grateful to you. You won’t remember it, but you were really supportive of my attempts some years ago to wrangle with DC and get image permissions, when I was trying to publish my undergrad thesis on Sandman in an academic journal. It didn’t work out, but I appreciate your support. Please understand that my appreciation it is why I’m speaking up here, and bringing up context that I am ashamed of and somewhat endangered by, rather than just writing you off entirely.
Mr. Gaiman, there is a pattern here. It played out during RaceFail’09, too. There were huge angry internet arguments. At the same time, some white people received death threats. There was NO CONNECTION between these two beyond circumstance - the people making the threats were not the people arguing angrily, but rather trolls who saw an opportunity to escalate the situation. So. The connection was made anyway, and WOC - who were being harrassed awfully, and in public - were blamed for the threats and called abusers, and the threats were used as an excuse to dismiss their arguments.
(I don’t feel safe naming names, but I believe you know some of the white people involved, Mr. Gaiman. I’m ashamed to say that they were friends of mine at the time. They were definitely guilty of harrassment and abuse themselves. It took me a long time to fully understand this because they lied to me in private about the source of the abuse they were receiving, saying it provably came from a certain WOC.)
I mention all this because I didn’t get it either, Mr. Gaiman. I only saw the part of the picture where a (white) woman was receiving horrible threats, and I was deeply upset about that. And it is upsetting. But it is only one part of the picture, and the rest is even more upsetting if you will open your eyes to it.
The people arguing with Laci Green are angry, and some of them surely hate her. They are not doing, or condoning, any of the stalking, death threats, other harassment.
When you conflate the two, and use the threats to dismiss the online arguments, and ignore the fact that several of the people arguing with Ms. Green are also facing stalking, death threats, other harassment, you reinforce the belief that only some people are human, and worthy of anger and defence.
As Riley says much better than me, not-hating is much easier to do when you’re not actively endangered. Do you think Laci Green shouldn’t hate the people harassing her? If not, why would you think the people she’s harassed, and treated as subhuman, and helped to actively endanger, shouldn’t hate her? They are not the ones harassing her, or condoning the harassment. This does not go both ways. It does not cancel out. It is not a reason, nor even an excuse, to refuse to hear and respect what people who are harmed by Laci Green’s racism, transphobia, and Islamophobia - are angry about in the first place.
He’s involved with the Human Rights Campaign and has spoken out for marriage equality, but… that is a whole different thing. And so far the only thing I can find about him speaking up for trans* people is just a bunch of reblogs of the same Tumblr post.
Emi Koyama’s “Whose feminism is it, anyway?” (via wewantrevolutiongirlstylenow)
THIS. This is exactly what I was trying to explain earlier, only much more articulately done.
I may have reblogged this before. I do not care.